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MPs back, with cyberattack committee up for debate

Legislators will return this morning to the House of Assembly, six weeks after adjournment, with cybercrime and cybersecurity featuring prominently on today’s order of business.

Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, will update MPs on cybersecurity as questions linger over the September attack that grounded the Government’s IT systems.

Mr Weeks is tabling two Bills: the Computer Misuse Act 2024 and the Cybersecurity Act 2024.

MPs are also expected to debate a pledge from the 2023 Throne Speech to establish a joint select committee of “both Houses to inquire into and make recommendations arising from September’s cyberattack”.

Additionally, Diallo Rabain, the education minister, is to speak on education reforms, after the reversal of closures for West End Primary School and St David’s Primary School announced this week.

Wayne Furbert, the transport minister, will speak on his attendance at the annual Seatrade Cruise Global Conference last month in Miami.

Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Reform, will table a paper on the amending of court fees and expenses, while Kim Swan, the junior tourism minister, will bring a tourism investment order for the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.

A Bill amending the registration of births and deaths is to be tabled for Walter Roban, the home affairs minister, who is absent from today’s sitting of the House.

Debates today are expected to include the Bermuda Health Council Amendment Act 2024.

The legislation requires healthcare providers and insurers to give “information necessary to support objective decision making with respect to, among other things, universal health coverage”.

To read the Order of Business in full, look under Related Media.

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Published May 03, 2024 at 8:00 am (Updated May 03, 2024 at 8:00 am)

MPs back, with cyberattack committee up for debate

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